Saying Goodbye Was So Hard To Do

All good things must come to an end and so too did our vacation at Sandos Caracol. On our last day of vacation, we usually wander around, take pictures and relax until it’s time to head for the airport. We’d already taken (too) many pictures of the resort, so our main objective that last Wednesday was to have as many monkey encounters as possible. We were so lucky to have several.

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There’s obviously a monkey protocol and this little one patiently waited its turn for a banana.

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We also went on our last eco tour, the corn tribute, with Noemi. After ten days at the resort and spending at least a part of most days with Noemi, we’d grown quite attached and it was hard to say goodbye. Not only did she give me a touching farewell note, she also made us banana frond bracelets and a bookmark (I use it every day). Such a sweet gesture!


This is Noemi and another resort employee, Alex. I would’ve loved to pack the darling girl in my suitcase and take her home with me. But for someone who has never experienced snow before, she likely would’ve rushed right back to her little piece of paradise.


After the eco tour, we checked out of our room and went off in search of more monkeys. Some of our best encounters of the entire trip happened that afternoon.

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At one point, I was watching the monkeys eating bananas in the trees, when one came right down to me. He grabbed a piece of a banana he’d spotted on the ground in front of me and took off with it. I laughed, telling him I thought he was coming to see me. He glanced back over his shoulder and told me off but good, like why in the world would he want anything to do with me when I have no treats to offer him? So comical, and Hubby caught it all on video too, so I can watch it whenever I need a laugh.

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This is one of the baby monkeys, old enough to be off its mama’s back, but still tiny. While Mom foraged for bananas, it enjoyed some berries.


Here’s Mom coming down to snag a banana from our fruit offering.


I’ll leave off with some of my many photos from around the resort.

Fauna first.

The macaws on the way to their daytime perches.

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Hubby loves the friendly grackles.

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Peacock in all his glory.

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What an expression on this Chachalaca.

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Snowy Egret

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Iguanas everywhere

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Mayan dog

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Mossy turtle

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Delicate white-tail deer

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Burros play-fighting as brothers do.  It’s all fun and games until the younger one gets kicked in the face.

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My very favourite, of course, are the coatis and especially the spider monkeys.

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Now for some glorious flora.

The grounds are a perfect blend of natural beauty and impeccable grooming.

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The trees have such character.

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Cacti hung from this tree in front of our building.

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Statues and stonework are tucked away all over the place.

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Lots of interesting paths to stroll, day or night.

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Unique cenotes and Mayan ruins/temples.

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Jesus in his Mayan garb

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More Mayan costumes


Fun kids’ stuff

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Sandos Caracol entrance

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Los Lirios Restaurant & Elite Club pool

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Salvia Vegetarian Restaurant

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El Templo Japanese Restaurant

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La Toscana Italian Restaurant

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Beachfront La Riviera Restaurant

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Brazillian Rodizio Restaurant & Adult pool

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La Laguna International Buffet

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Las Mascaras Mexican Buffet

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El Nido snack bar

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Info Centre & Sports Bar

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Spa & Gym

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L’Elefant Lobby Bar

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The main pool is long and narrow with larger pools at each end.

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La Tortuga pool

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Last, but certainly not least, the beach.

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I’ll try to do justice to the incredible Xcalacoco ceremonies on my final Sandos Caracol post next week. Click here for that post. To start with the first post of the trip click here.


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